Most parents know how important it is to keep their kids active. A kid who is physically active stays in good shape and keeps his or her heart in healthy condition. Also, a kid who is active is more likely to grow into an adult who is active. Alternatively, a kid who is sedentary, has higher chances of becoming overweight or developing high blood pressure and diabetes. There are many ways that parents can help to keep their kids active. Here are four examples for you to consider.
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Create a Scavenger Hunt
This is a great activity for kids to do with their friends. Parents can create a list of miscellaneous items for the scavenger hunt. Some examples of items are an empty toilet paper roll, a box of toothpicks, a piece of yellow legal paper, a dog leash, etc. Parents can be as creative as they want. On the day of the scavenger hunt, parents give the list to the kids and the set them loose to find the items! An exciting scavenger hunt can get kids running and laughing. In addition, kids use their minds to figure out where to find the items. This can turn into a favorite weekly activity.
A Silly Race
Parents and kids work together to create several activities included in a silly race. For example, one silly race may have three kids making their way through an obstacle course that includes jumping rope, spinning around three times, kicking a soccer ball, crawling through a big tube and doing somersaults. A silly race can take place in a backyard or at a local park. The activities in each race exercise a variety of muscles, get the heart pumping and keep kids in great shape.
Plan a Costume Party
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This is a fun activity that both parents and kids can share. Parents can put kids in charge of making their own costumes for the party. They can also help with the menu of refreshments and putting up decorations. Kids will stay active gathering materials to create their costumes! They may even want to make a mask or put makeup on their faces to look like a favorite cartoon character. If you lack the idea for costumes you can always find some interesting stuff online from sites like this one.
Making Dinner Once a Week
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Kids who make dinner once a week benefit in many ways. They learn about healthy food and good eating habits and also become familiar with using various items in the kitchen. Small children can mix sauces in bowls or wash lettuce. Older kids can use the mixer, combine ingredients and put things in the oven. All of these tasks keep kids active and allow them the opportunity to learn how to make a recipe.
Finally, keeping kids active doesn't have to be a chore for parents. In fact, if the activity is fun, kids are more likely to continue with it. Creating silly games and getting kids' friends involved are the best ways to keep kids moving on a regular basis.